Can I be fired for refusing a transfer?

There are 6 other employees who were not even approached about the transfer; 3 that have been there less time than I have been there.

Asked on June 6, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If your continued employment is contingent on the transfer, then yes you could be terminated for refusing the transfer.  Texas is an "at-will" employment state, which means that either the employer or employee can end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason-- as long as the reason is not an illegal one (like gender or racial discrimination).  If the employer's structure has changed and they need you to do something else, the refusal could result in them ending their employment relationship with you.  It doesn't matter that other people were not approached, what matters is that you are refusing the reassignment. Before you outright decide to quit or refuse the assignment, you might want to inquire about other options, whether they will terminate you, and any appeal procedures in your employee hand-book.


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